Unit Details

23rd ROK Infantry Regiment



Division Capital 1st 2nd 3rd 5th 6th 7th 8th
1st Separate Battalion         1st      
1st             1st  
2nd           2nd    
3rd 3rd              
3rd             3rd  
5th     5th          
7th           7th    
8th 8th              
9th             9th  
10th               10th
11th   11th            
12th   12th            
13th   13th            
15th         15th      
16th     16th          
17th 17th              
18th       18th        
19th           19th    
20th         20th      
21st               21st
22nd       22nd        
23rd       23rd        
25th     25th          

After the ROK 8th Division withdrew inland the only troops on the east coast to oppose the enemy were the ROK 23d Regiment of the 3d Division. Col. Kim Chong Won, better known as "Tiger Kim," an unusually big and strong man for a Korean, commanded this regiment.

13 July 1950

On the "eastern front" - the Sea of Japan seacoast - the NKPA advance had been desultory, slowed in part by an ill-advised diversion of NKPA forces westward into the TAEBAEK Mountains, mudslides on the coastal highway, and the notable resistance of the ROK 23d Regiment. Nonetheless the NKPA had advanced as far south as Yŏngdök, threatening P'ohang, a seaport which Walker intended to develop as an alternate to the overtaxed Pusan and the site of a FEAF fighter strip. Two battalions of ROKs had been directed to P'ohang. They would be supported by American engineers and antiaircraft units.[5-18]

August 6, 1950

Then at 2000 the ROK 22nd and 23rd Regiments moved out in the infantry attack. They drove the North Koreans from Hill 181 and held it during the night.